- Producer17/01/2017Freewheeling !!!Before I launch into this piece I should perhaps fill readers in with a few details on how management works in our household.Management here rises each day 5.30am and I watch through slitted eyes, feigning sleep as she ponders whether to a) don her...
Comments18/01/2017 #11 Paul Walters#10 @Sarah Elkins Thanks for that. I seriously have to get to Montana it looks simply gorgeous and if I do happen to get there you could take me skiing , gentle slopes please and all downhill if you wouldnt mind. Thanks for stopping by and please remember the article was full of hyperbole ... I do exercise...I mean I did get up this morning !18/01/2017 #10 Sarah ElkinsThat's my kind of ride, @Paul Walters! And I could have used something like that on Sunday, instead of the downhill skiing I did. Not at all the same thing, not at all relaxing. My leg workout a few days before set me up for disaster on Sunday. I had to step after every couple of turns to lean forward and stop my thighs from burning. So. Much. Pain. It took two of those runs before my legs loosened up and I was able to enjoy myself. Of course, at least I wasn't trying to ski uphill!17/01/2017 #8 Kevin PashukThoroughly enjoyable read Paul.. I must commend you on your negotiation skills that let you stay home whilst the senior management goes out to exercise.
As for the bike ride? My wife and I did a similar thing in Hawaii... 30 km of coasting. Almost as good as the other type of 'bike' riding I do... which involves a motor and leather jacket.17/01/2017 #1 Lisa 🐝 GallagherAh, how I enjoyed this story @Paul Walters! Kudo's to management, she sounds extremely fit... I could take lessons from her but 5am is too early for me? The coffee beans, uhm, no thanks on this end either! Wait a sec, if you peddled downhill to get to your destination, didn't you have to peddle uphill to get back? Glad you had a good time and never rule out the Tour De France! :))
- 18/01/2017I spent a number of years on LinkedIn trying to dissuade its management from undermining the position of independent writers on the platform — and never once received a response. When I raise a serious question about beBee on beBee, often its CEO or Chairman answers. Try it, you'll like it.
- 18/01/2017My beautiful Finland :)All About Lapland on Twittertwitter.com “Look at these incredible auroras! They danced so fast I've never seen anything like that! Last night #Rovaniemi #Lapland #Finland...
- Producer17/01/2017The verdict is in... beBee beats LinkedIn for content sharingIf you follow me, you will know that back in April I posted a piece on beBee titled 'LinkedIn, We have a problem.' It showed the stark contrast between page views and post engagements between LinkedIn, where I'd been publishing for over a year. And...
Comments18/01/2017 #48 Robert BookerThis is so true. I have pointed this out to many who are following me on Linkedln. They don't answer. I have been posting to Linkedln and beBee and get feedback on beBee and nothing on Linkedln. It seems to me, Linkedln is more about getting people to follow you than it is about information.17/01/2017 #40 David B. GrinbergNice buzz, Sandra. I think you hit the proverbial nail on the head yet again.
Put simply, when it comes to blogging and personal branding:
beBee = fostering user engagement and a satisfying user experience.
LI = intentionally trampling user engagement and a frustrating user experience.17/01/2017 #39 Lisa 🐝 GallagherThis is one reason I moved to beBee about a year ago @Sandra Smith. I had engagement on LI but it was dropping due to changes they were making, thanks to their algorithms, many of us were not receiving notifications of those we followed and read regularly. I also find the climate on beBee more conducive and supportive. Also, it's articles like this that benefit from the many hives because people actually see them, re-read the buzzes and repost, hence more views, comments/engagement. Nice to have you here! By the way, we share something in common, I have written about Mental Illness too because I'd like to see the stigma end one day. Have you repurposed your article above to beBee? If you haven't, I would love to read it here. Thanks!17/01/2017 #38 paul wayneGreat Article / Post Sandra and completely agree with some of your comments LinkedIn has changed so much over the last 12/18 Months I have not seen any changes on there platform if anything all I see are problems and faults which never get dealt with from there lack of decent customer services .
I spent lot of time on there platform with building dedicated group networks for Marketing purposes but looks like there rules and regulations are different depending on who you are . Since they made few changes on the LinkedIn pulse I use to get views of 5,000 - 10,000 per article and now lucky if 100 people even view it .17/01/2017 #32 Larry BoyerThanks for sharing your experiences @Sandra Smith. As a data guy I find it interesting to compare beBee with the other social platforms. From my personal experience I see there are different flavors of writing and information shared on beBee and LinkedIn. On my posts, which are more business/IT oriented I get a lot higher engagement on LinkedIn, more views on beBee, but more people liking, commenting and sharing on LinkedIn. Of course it's also not a fair comparison as my LinkedIn network is orders of magnitude bigger. What it does suggest to me is that different types of people are attracted to each platform, at least at this point, and that it underscores the need to find and build your audience on each. By emphasize a full 3-D personal branding approach no doubt beBee will catch up and surpass the other social networks.17/01/2017 #31 Mohammed Sultan@Sandra Smith.After your final analysis ,one is reminded of what people used to say about thoughts and feelings and why they are being in love with beBee.When you are, you will know you are.You will recognize that the feeling is here.It's the same with the platform strategy ;when it's good ,you will know it's good ,you will recognize that the feeling and the more satisfying depth of understanding is here.What makes beBee platform unique is that it enable readers to manipulate their own perception,behavior and attitude,and even uncover their "core interests" which they were unaware of or unable to articulate at Linked in .17/01/2017 #30 Donald GrandyThanks @Sandra Smith for this excellent post. I share your frustration with LinkedIn. If "Happy Birthday" ,"Happy Anniversary" or Congrats on the new job/position are important to you, then rock on. Not what I would call engagement. The only positive I can see is the B$$$ the principles hauled in when they sold to MS. Share your frustration on articles posted on LinkedIn. Love your post. I work full time in Mental Illness. "beBee On"
- Producer17/01/2017Getting my wheels spinningFor members of the Car Hive - I don't have a Morgan. I would like to have one but that's not what this is about.Anyone who writes - professionally or as an enthusiastic hobbyist - will have experienced the occasional moment when the words disappear....
Comments18/01/2017 #8 Dean OwenI think many of us have been down that road. For me it's the configurator on the Maserati website where you can select down to the stitching on the seat. I do love the Morgan's and was tempted a few years to sell off organ parts to by the totally impractical three wheeler. But living the last 18 years in countries where cars cost 3 times the price in the US usually means I settle for a Japanese car. I do love the frivolous pursuits of colour coding and rim selecting on car configurators. Who knew that such a frivolous pursuit would result in a gem of an article....17/01/2017 #4 Kevin PashukA great way to get the creative juices flowing... now if you could only design the car, then 3D print a wee version of it...
I fully agree that driving a minivan (or grocery getter) requires surrender of your man badge. We have owned them but I would only get behind the wheel under duress... I'm pretty easy going, but there are some lines I don't like crossing.17/01/2017 #3 Phil FriedmanDon, this is a great piece... and a great idea. Build a car on the manufacturer's site... then print it all out. Hold it. Caress it. Kind of one's own virtual reality. I'm in for getting our wheels spinning. Now, what do you suggest for getting our motors running? Cheers!
- Producer17/01/2017Lily Robotics: the creators of the failed drone for selfies Lily Camera have been sued by a US prosecutor's office for disseminating misleading content.A lawsuit filed against the California Supreme Court by the San Francisco district attorney's office details that Lily Robotics would have carried out illegal practices as it may have misleadingly disseminated content in the promotional videos...
Seems like a good time to look in the rearview mirror and revisit what was by far my most visited and remarked-upon post. Many of you will have missed my interview with a Bee for whom I have all the time in the world and someone I hope will remain an active supporter of beBee. Meet @Aurorasa SimaThe person or the persona? A revealing portrait of Aurorasa Sima - the person.www.bebee.com Don Kerr: First, on my part, a confession. As a writer, a sometimes interviewer, and someone always interested in exploring the space that...
- 17/01/2017Jan Barbosa Marries Content Marketing and PR cc @David B. Grinberg @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman @Mamen 🐝 Delgado @Jordan Barta @John Barton @Milos Djukic @Gary Farmer @Lisa 🐝 GallagherInfluencer Interview Series: Jan Barbosa Marries Content Marketingwww.callboxinc.com Here we are picking up where we left off, with yet another brilliant and well-liked influencer, brand ambassador, and thought leader, Jan...
- 17/01/2017As of today, we official only own one house, in St Catharines Ontario. Our Toronto house sale cleared last night, So we're now expat Torontonians, one hour away by car but literally in a whole other world in many respects. This has been a huge adventure.. I have ordered my new business cards and will soon be out making connections and getting to know more about my new home town. No regrets. No fears.
- Producer17/01/2017Events, Media and Universities - beBeeWork & fun come together !RNE5 - Manuel Castro - Kilómetros de radioUniversidad Europea de MadrideShow en MadridJuan Pablo Colmenarejo - Cadena COPE - La linternaIESE Business SchoolbeBee en Cadena COPEPresentación de beBee Publishing...
- 17/01/2017I recently had some images approved on Adobe Stock. There are a lot of talented photographers and designers here on beBee - I encourage you to submit your images if selling stock is something that interests you!Donnie photos, images, assetsstock.adobe.com Download Donnie photos, images and assets from Adobe...
- 17/01/2017"The corporate governance heads at seven of the 10 largest institutional investors in stocks are now women, according to data compiled by The New York Times. Those investors oversee $14 trillion in assets."A Rare Corner of Finance Where Women Dominatenyti.ms Women hold the top positions in corporate governance at many of the biggest mutual funds and pension funds — deciding which way to vote on the directors of a company...
Comments17/01/2017 #6 Franci🐝Eugenia HoffmanThis is most interesting, @Michele Williams, and thank you for the tag. I'm glad to see well-deserving women in top positions. I agree with, @Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador, and I am also looking forward to the day when it is common to see women in top positions.17/01/2017 #5 Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand AmbassadorI agree 100% with you Michele Williams, lets keep pushing. RE: "thanks for your enthusiasm. I also care deeply about gender equity and am looking forward to the day when no one writes about the number of women in a field or on a board because it so common to see them there. Thanks for sharing @Milos Djukic#417/01/2017 #4 Michele Williams#3 @Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador, thanks for your enthusiasm. I also care deeply about gender equity and am looking forward to the day when no one writes about the number of women in a field or on a board because it so common to see them there. Thanks for sharing @Milos Djukic.17/01/2017 #2 Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand AmbassadorGreat post @Michele Williams, thx for sharing @Milos Djukic. I love top see more women in all fields of management, something I have been doing over the past 25 years & will continue. Best regards, Bill Stankiewicz, SavannahSupplyChain.com , PS: I LOVE beBee.com , ok to post with CNN too !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- 17/01/2017bees, wish you lots of SUN-SHINE!I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW ~ JOHNNY NASH I make videos to bring honour to the music, the artiste, and Our Creator..none of this is about me.. I made this video as somewhat of a photo journal giving...
- Producer17/01/2017Communicate better - it's all about the horizonCommunication, communication, communication - it's a mantra that most leaders know. It suggests that in all areas of leadership, communication should be present. Many leaders who follow the 'communication X 3' mantra, believe that simply repeating...
- 17/01/2017For more than fifteen years, he warmed our hearts.Boppy Boy in Potato Chips and Dreidels Our little man is gone now, but will never be...
- Producer15/01/2017How to Not Piss People Off: Great Power is Great Risk With Great Power comes Great ResponsibilityVoltaire, not Spiderman's Uncle BenThat's right, Voltaire said that, or close enough. Uncle Ben paraphrased it for Spiderman. Not that Uncle Ben wasn't a great man. He was. He raised a Millenial with...
Comments16/01/2017 #11 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#6 I have been doing that but only when I'm going to stored tweets. I'm glad you added the randomizer @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian.
I'm still going to play it a bit more safe and schedule each tweet apart from the other. And, I will add less.
I had quite a few going out each day. @Jared 🐝 Wiese, how many do you schedule per day? Appreciate Paul!!16/01/2017 #10 Sandra Smith#9 True, Paul - I guess I need to find a middle ground... I found the scheduling of tweets caused more hassle than helped - but agree. If you put more thought into *HOW* you are scheduling and *WHAT* you are scheduling - it does work. It just requires a bit more thought up front, which some people don't seem to get. Hence your article...16/01/2017 #8 Sandra SmithPaul, I used to TweetJukebox, now SocialJukebox.... The problem is, although Twitter allowed scheduled repeat Tweets at first, they eventually banned the practice so TweetJukebox had to as well.... As you say, people will abuse it even if they don't realise it's abuse....
At first, I thought this tool would help generate engagement and mean I / my company was always top of mind. I'm now much more of the opinion that scheduled Tweets don't drive engagement - AT. ALL.
Twitter is about the hear and now. The "micro moment" (to steal Google's marketing departments phrase). Thusly, I think if you are doing anything other than sharing in the micro-moment, you are not actually using the platform as it's meant to be used.
I do share my articles on Twitter... but only once. Am I missing out potential SEO / Social media juice? Quite possibly. But I think the risk of spamming is too great to do anything other than this.
If I miss some eyeballs, so be it. Hopefully they will see my next article instead.16/01/2017 #7 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian#4 You certainly aren't alone in that respect, Max. Twitter's seeming simplicity belies its true complexity. It has no peers as a promotion platform. Toss in IFTTT or Zappier scripts that scan for specific hashtags you tweet, and it becomes a social media server cross -posting to any platform with a good API (FB, FB pages, LI, Tumblr, Pinterest)16/01/2017 #6 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian#5 Exactly, Lisa. If you schedule 5 tweets right now, each to fire every 6 hours, in six hours, 5 tweets will pop up at the same time and every 6 hours after that. That cause two issues. 1 - Google indexes tweets. Those 5 will count as one (sort of). 2 - They all pop up at the same time on timelines in spammy bunches.
Since we are creatures of habit, if you always schedule tweets at say, 09:00 the simultaneous tweets could really pile up.
The easy fix is to mix up your intervals. Some at 360, some at 400, some at 300 etc, AND schedule shorter durations. It's so easy to re-schedule that you don't need to go waaay out. The farther out you schedule, the harder it is to control. After I hit "Send" I'll go change the default to 7 days.
Another easier fix is to use either the Daily or Weekly Frequency methods. They will mix things up.
Or, for shares, use the store and schedule in one shot method on the EZ Shortcuts page. It will tweet 28 times every 6 hours and adds a randomizer to the start time. I may add the randomizer to the Minute Interval method
I've taken to only scheduling 7-10 days at a time. There's a button on the Daily Tweets pages to add tweets randomly from your inventory if ever you run low.
Your token issues are more likely a case of a troll you have than too much tweeting. Stay under 100 tweets a day.
I don't think beBee promo tweets are a problem unless that's all that swings by and they pile up. @myTweetPack only tweets promo tweets and RTs from members and has no problems.16/01/2017 #5 Lisa 🐝 GallagherI have been a great test subject for this considering I've had my twitter tokens removed 3 or 4 times now. However, I always use the auto schedule, so my tweets go out every 6 hours. I thnk we found today I may have been tweeting too many tweets even though the time interval was ok? Also, you told me that the tweets should have variety? So, by that... meaning I should not be tweeting everything beBee marketing eg? I'm trying so hard to follow all the twitter rules but they sure can be confusing. If I schedule say 5 tweets on the app within minutes of each other even though they are all from different users and I'm using "Minute by minute" with the default settings ( I change nothing) can that cause a red flag to go up? I always use the default, so my tweets are going out every 6 hours. This last round, I did have a one tweet that was double scheduled by accident. I hope my questions make sense? I don't want to get nixed again. Keep an eye on my account if you don't mind! Thanks for this @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian16/01/2017 #4 Max🐝 J. CarterThis was great for me Paul. I barely pay attention to Twitter and your buzzes on the subject have been quite educational and have inspired me to look at Twitter closer to see how I might be able to use it better and do so with some wise guidance from an Alpha Wolf.15/01/2017 #3 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian#2 Yup, and myTweetpack.com covers all those bases. We even take hashtags a step farther. We allow for hashtags to be rotated so you can use as many as make sense. They won't all be on every tweet instance. We cycle through them. We can also cycle through @mentions if you want to.
I've used as many as 28 hashtags.
That ability also allows us to cross post to other platforms via IFTTT (or zappier, your choice) scripts. I use #in, #fb, #fbp,#tum, #pin.
We also build your follow-me-on-twitter link for you (sue it in email signatures, or your site, in blog posts, on your grocery lists, wherever),
Building Click-to-Tweet links with Images for blog posts was the first function we had.
I can add to your list: Have a description that actually says something about you. Enough with the Khalil Gibran quotes already.
I'm okay with #11, ask for retweets, but not to the detriment of a clickable headline. In other words, Ok if you can spare the room. Since we rotate hashtags, we clear up some space. On a similar subject, "pls follow me" is begging and does not work.
#5 is seriously tough to do.
I don't believe Twitter is well-suited for engagement. It's far too busy and noisy. My feed zips along at 3-5000 tweets an hour. The odds of my seeing a single tweet are minuscule.
DMs are not much better. Most meaningful ones get lost in the clutter of "thanks for following me." I get about 100 a day. Now you know why myTweetPack.com doesn't have any such auto-DM option. I actually started working on a "delete those annoying DMs" function before I got sidetracked.
I mean, sure, engage when and if you can but I guarantee you will miss 80-90% of attempts to communicate on Twitter.15/01/2017 #2 Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand AmbassadorHello @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian, another well written post here & I agree with you " Pissing potential customers off is never a good idea. "
Paul, I have found that to build a large Twitter audience you need to: Here are my top 14:
1-Post great content.
2-Write a professional bio.
4-Place a Facebook/Twitter/Instagram logo on your blog.
5-Engage with others on the social platforms, be real.
6-Make sure your content is shareable.
7-Re-share other people's content that is desirable.
8-Reach out to Top influencers.
9- Use relevant keywords in your bio so you rank in Twitter search. Don’t forget to include your city or region name to attract local users.
10- Use relevant hashtags in your posts. Tweets with hashtags get at least 2x more engagement, and will help you attract new followers who are searching for those keywords.
11- Ask for retweets. Tweets that include “Please retweet” in their text get 4x more retweets.
12- Find people you know by uploading your email contacts to Twitter. They are likely to follow you back, especially since they know you in real life.
13- Include images with your tweets. Research suggests that tweets with images receive 18%-20% more engagement than those without.
14- Promote your Twitter account on all your marketing materials. This includes your business cards, letterheads, brochures, signs and of course, your website.
Now make it happen, start today.
Savannah Supply Chain Guy
- 17/01/2017The 8 Personal Branding Steps I Took To Go From Feeling Like a Failure To Career Enlightenment | The Huffington Postwww.huffingtonpost.com Before I invested in my personal brand, I was in a field I no longer liked and working for a company that didn't listen to a single one of my ideas,...
Comments17/01/2017 #1 Deb 🐝 Helfrich"Be prepared to work hard and don’t give up easily." This is really the key, @John White, MBA.
I am honored to be mentioned. I love to help people see that commenting 'professionally' is an astute way to build relationships, an online network, and a personal brand. But it does take more work than scrolling quickly while clicking like, heart, or relevant.... It is important to try to add to the conversation and if you add value, people WILL notice.
- Producer16/01/2017Mastering the Art of Business TransitionThis is an excerpt from my free downloadable E-booklet, Mastering the Art of Business Transition. Please feel free to share. I believe in eliminating barriers to knowledge, so there is no requirement to provide an email address or identify yourself...
Comments17/01/2017 #5 Franci🐝Eugenia HoffmanGood advice, @Renée 🐝 Cormier. I worked for a company that changed their strategy so frequently, it would make your head spin. Their seesaw resulted in wasted travel, wasted hiring/firing practices (they would add 12 employees and have to lay them off within the next 6 months). Poorly thought out strategies can be very costly and wasteful.17/01/2017 #4 Jim Cody 🐝It's very unfortunate that companies are happy with status quo, I.e. If it ain't broke don't fix it, just pass it on to the consumer.
I worked in manufacturing for 40+ years most of those were in management and waste and inadequatices at every level. Most are easy to recognize but management is blinded by the 💵 dollar signs. Thank you for this informative buzz.
- Producer16/01/2017Martin Luther King, Jr. Schooled Us On How To Transform Ourselves With A Vision Statement“I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood. . . . I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a...
- 17/01/2017How crazy is that? For $8,000, a startup will fill your veins with the blood of young people.grendz.com By the way, with no proven benefits. To Jesse Karmazin, blood is a drug. His startup, a Monterey, California-based company called Ambrosia, is currently enrolling people in the first US clinical trial designed to find out what happens when the veins...
- Producer17/01/2017Broken: When the struggle feels a little too real.I work very hard at being positive. I surround myself with positive quotes, I have a spiritual life, I have a vested interest in myself and in making the world a better place. I try to do all the right things, read the right things, do the right...
Comments17/01/2017 #13 Todd JonesJulie, I cope with the occasional bout of the blues by trying to recognize and remember that nine times out of ten, it's not so much what is going on out in the world, but what's going on in my brain. My perceptions. I tell myself repeatedly, "This too shall pass."
Thankfully, I have discovered that my brain is somewhat like an etch-a-sketch, and that a good nights sleep works wonders. Very often, it seems that the act of sitting up in the morning shakes the screen of my mind if not clean, at least considerably less vivid. I suppose this is one of the rewards of having been blessed with a limited intellect :)
Most of all, I try really hard not to take myself nor my perceived problems too seriously.17/01/2017 #12 Lisa 🐝 GallagherWow @Julie Sullivan, I feel like I was meant to read this tonight. I had a similar experience last night on Facebook. I went through my timeline and saw just a few things, then I broke down crying hysterically too. I called my daughter and told her I was going to deactivate my FB page because I could not take the toxicity on there anymore and wanted to warn her so she wouldn't wonder why she couldn't find me on there. I rarely allow myself to break down and cry in front of my kids but I did last night. She agreed it was the best thing to do and said she may do the same soon. After I deactivated my page I felt a sense of relief. I don't miss it. My daughter was so cute, she even sent me a positive quote and posted it on pinterest for me. After the rain, we can see rainbows and the sunshine. Thanks for sharing this!17/01/2017 #11 Julie SullivanSo I guess maybe a bit of backstory: I spent most of my younger years pretty much the opposite of positive. I've dealt with depression, anxiety and anger for a lot of my life: conscious re-framing is what I've trained myself to do. It's pretty
much changed my world for the better. So much of your story and of the world is
How you choose to tell it, and the way you choose to interpret that of others. But it's also totally a process. I really appreciate all the feedback!17/01/2017 #10 Max🐝 J. CarterThank you @David B. Grinberg I do have a few thoughts on it.
They have done studies that show that people who have a form of spirituality in their life deal with better than those who do not.
They tend to outperform at work around those who do not have a form of spirituality in their life.
In my study and experience as a Shaman we are not physical beings in need of a spiritual life, we are spiritual beings in learning how to be human. Science has been catching up and some even say that when you start in physics you become an atheist and after while you realize God does exist.
Nikola Tesla said some of his ideas came from entities he was in contact with.
Einstein even noted the importance of spirituality.
Personally I find the song THE LIGHT by Disturbed does it for me these days..
I am the Rock 'N' Roll Shaman and music is my main form of spiritual comfort as I connect soul to soul with the artists realizing that if every word is heard as an open prayer than every word we sing is as worship.
That said I also respect any form of spiritually some one chooses for themselves as long as they are not asked to harm animals or humans in their spiritual practices.
To sum up if you don't have a form of spirituality in life you do not deal with life as well as those who do and that is the result of several studies not my opinion.17/01/2017 #9 Robin BartonThank you for the openness. I've been there many times so I totally understand, especially when we still have to be an adult! I find that being in nature helps me breathe, helps me think, and helps me heal. I also love to collect quotes and write them down in a small notebook. I use different colored pens and markers to make it creative. I doodle. I'll use stickers. Whatever catches my imagination. Creativity is calming, even snippets of it. When I need a pick me up, I pull the latest version of my notebook and read quotes. Just a few things I do. :)17/01/2017 #8 Aleta Curry#4 I think I know what you're saying here Phil, and I would say something somewhat similar. I don't think it's so much an excess of positivism as it is looking at the world in completely the wrong way. Somehow our belief systems: our national myths, our religions, the ethics we were taught etc. all conspire to have us believe that if we do right, Life will be fine. Rather, I think we should say that Life does what it does, you have to be ready to deal with it.17/01/2017 #6 Aleta CurryAmong many fun things at beBee is the fact that we're always 'meeting' new people and, via them, discovering new ways to stretch our brains: reinforce what we knew to be right, learn something we didn't know, and occasionally change our minds about something.
Julie, your post reminds me of how lucky I am. I can say this without feeling that I'm bragging because I had nothing to do with it; it's the result of the genetic lottery, and the luck of having my upbringing, by which I mean that a) I'm inherently an optimist, and b) as much as I might sometimes have castigated my parents for their mistakes in childrearing, I should bless them for having given me the basic tools to deal with what Life throws at me, and the ability to acquire tools I need and don't yet have.
Interestingly, being a pollyanna doesn't mean that I never get down; when I crash I can crash hard. I don't tend to stay down for very long, however. I'm not a mental health professional so I can't definitively tell you why I'm the way I am (beyond what I've already suggested) but here are some of the things I do when overwhelmed:
a) a small task - not the time to paint the house, but something little like sweeping the floor or washing the dishes b) go outside (or gaze out the window if the weather is inclement) it's amazing how good this is for me c) sing aloud - change songs if I find myself singing something depressing d) stop what I'm doing and distract myself completely if it's really bad, like put on a comedy DVD or something.17/01/2017 #4 Phil FriedmanJulie, I am personally wont to point out that cynicism is often the last refuge of an idealist. Sometimes an excess of positivism reduces one's ability to bend with the bad and the ugly in the world, and instead increases the chances that one will break. In other words, do not expect that love and a positive attitude will conquer all, and you might not be shattered when they do not. Nice post. A lot of common sense here. And I think a genuinely uplifting message. Cheers!17/01/2017 #3 David B. GrinbergThanks for your profound and poignant post, Julie. I think many people turn to faith, religion and/or spirituality during very troubling times. Personally, I've always found the Psalms to be deeply comforting. Please note I'm a secular, albeit spiritual, person.
cc: @Max🐝 J. Carter any thoughts, Max?
- Producer16/01/2017I Just Bee Spreadin’ a Little Sunshine.You know your old friend gerry is pretty easygoing --indeed, those of you who know me have probably built complex neural circuitry around the gerry brand; a brand characterized by “good ole gerry’s ability to take a joke". After all, life is all to...
Comments18/01/2017 #24 Gerald Hecht#21 @Gert Scholtz Intrestengly, this is the company vehicle that I received when I left my position at the consulate and joined the special psychology operations unit at the bureau.
From the outside it appears to a harmless relic from the Haight...of course once (if) one successfully opens the armored hood and /or composite "windows"...17/01/2017 #18 Gerald Hecht#17 @Don 🐝 Kerr The display has been restored; I was almost going to offer a (yawn)...excuse me....a superficial "WHOA!"...your method was scientifically sound, and your geolocation coordinate calculations were dead balls on accurate.
Neither of us would expect anything less (yawn), man...I'm sorry..I think I need more coffee. Nice work.17/01/2017 #17 Don 🐝 Kerr@Gerald Hecht I was gonna say that I can empathize but thought better of heading down that rabbit hole again. Lord knows what I might discover. Now, if I use my certified and universally recognized skills as a telekinetic counsellor, I will now search the galaxy for the miscreants and by my qualified abilities to move objects from a remote location restore your decorations. OK. I did it. Go check the porch. There back. Right? RIGHT? NO. Clearly there is something wrong with your vision 'cause this always works. I can prove it. Sorta, kinda, maybe.17/01/2017 #13 Gerald Hecht#11 @Brian McKenzie I thought of that possibility...in fact, just now I spotted one on my (now barren) balcony, got out my compound bow, and the arrows just bounced off of his "pelt"...then I saw the transponder in his "tail" start flashing! Before I could put the bow down and grab him, he took flight...vertical vector (like a Harrier jet or a chopper), climbed to an altitude of about 2500 ft., and accelerated to an impossible speed in a banking climb...
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